Indie act YACHT says mass-market department store Kohl's is ripping it off
Electro-dance act YACHT has accused Kohl’s of copyright infringement, after the department store chain printed a T-shirt using both the band’s lyrics and an element of the band’s logo. The band says the shirt—which reads, “If I can’t go to heaven, then I’m going to L.A.”—is a direct rip-off of its song “Shangri-La,” which features the lyric, “If I can’t go to heaven, let me go to L.A.” The shirt also uses a triangle in place of several of the A’s, echoing the band's logo.
On its Tumblr, YACHT wrote that it’s “interested in how ideas circulate through popular culture,” but thinks the shirt is just a little too direct of a reference to be a coincidence. The group is asking fans to circulate the image seen below and “let Kohl’s know it’s not OK to rip independent artists off this blatantly.” It signs off with the hashtag “#corporatemakeover.”
On a related note, the shirt is on clearance sale now for just $8. Kohl’s advises pairing it with jeans “for casual appeal.”